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Is Washington a Good Place for an Educational Therapy Career?

If you live in Washington state and are looking for a good career field to go into, then we can't recommend the field of educational therapy enough. Not only do people who work in this area get to make a difference in the lives of others each and every day that they go to work (and how many jobs can you say that about?), but they also enjoy salaries that are much higher than the average salaries across all professions in the state, excellent job security that can't be found anywhere else during these tough economic times, and a certain amount of prestige and respect.

At this point, you might be saying, what's the catch? While there is no "catch" per se, it is true that educational therapy is not the easiest of fields to enter into. In order to become an educational therapist, you must have some level, usually quite a high one for the best positions, of formal education. This, of course, can take years of hard work and dedication. You must also be willing to work hard once you get a job, as the life of an educational therapist isn't easy.

What's more is that not everyone is cut out for these positions. In order to be a successful educational therapist, you have to be not only hard working and dedicated to your career, but also kind, patient, a good listener, non-judgmental, compassionate, ethical, and capable of leaving your work at work. Letting the stresses of the job seep into your personal life will result in you burning out quickly and being either very unhappy or unable to do your job well. If you do have these qualities though, and you like the idea of helping others, then educational therapy might just be for you.

If you are at all intrigued by the notion of becoming an educational therapist, then we strongly suggest that you spend some time doing in depth research on the topic. You'll quickly find that there are a wide variety of different careers in the field, so you're never just locked into doing one specific thing. What you'll also likely find is that there are different academic paths that must be taken to obtain different positions in the field. If you have an idea of what you'd like to do before you start your education, you'll have a much easier time picking an academic path that is right for you.

The lowest level of education you can get and still find work in the field is a bachelor's degree. This degree, which takes about four years to earn on average, will enable you to take on basic, entry level positions within the field. You should always make sure to earn your degree from an accredited college or university. Otherwise, your degree will be essentially worthless, and you will be unable to transfer your credits should you decide to seek out a higher level of education at some point.

A master's degree is what most people within the educational therapy field will have. These advanced degrees can be earned in approximately one to three years, depending upon your past education and certain other factors. The good news is that if you already have a bachelor's degree in an unrelated area, you will not have to start from scratch to earn a master's degree. Many programs in the state are more than willing and even happy to accept students who come from diverse academic backgrounds. Also, these programs are designed specifically for working adults, so balancing a family and/or a job is much easier than you might think.

For the most prestigious and highly paid educational therapy positions, you'll want to go all the way and earn a PhD. PhDs are serious degrees that take years of hard work and dedication to obtain. Typically, they take around seven to eight years on average to earn. Most people work within the field during this time, and many have their educations financed either fully or partially by their current employers, so that's definitely something to think about. So, get to work now finding the program that's right for you!